Art Law Practicum Seminar & Fieldwork

Students in the course will gain an understanding of, and practical experience in, the corporate and transactional legal issues and concerns faced by visual artists and arts organizations and the legal professionals who represent and counsel them.  The students’ experience will consist of two components, a seminar and supervised arts-related fieldwork related to The Art & Law Program ( Additionally, the course will feature guest speakers with an expertise in authentication disputes, gallery-artist disagreements, as well as current copyright and trademark issues in art law.
The seminar will cover theoretical and practical aspects of representation in corporate and transactional law. The substantive law in the seminar will include those areas typically faced by arts clients, such as artist-gallery relationships, copyright, moral rights, trademark, contracts, commissions, and entity formation, including nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations. Practical aspects will include issues with interacting, advising, and representing contemporary artists working in diverse strategies and media, from conceptual art to digital and organic materials. In order to facilitate the latter aspect, the course will also introduce students to major 20th Century art movements and theories necessary to understanding contemporary art.
In the supervised fieldwork, students will spend eight to ten hours each week outside of class working on behalf of an artist currently in The Art & Law Program. The artists in The Art & Law Program all have diverse practices ranging from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, film, curating, and writing. Field work will consist of meeting with the artists;  drafting memoranda stemming from student-artist meetings; and legal research and writing based on the artists’ questions.  Students will also discuss ethical, tactical, legal and institutional issues that arise during class as well as their meetings with and research for the artists.  
Coursework from both seminar and fieldwork will be assigned.
Credits: Seminar-2 | Fieldwork-2